Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith (The League of Rogues #1) Blog Tour & Giveaway


The League of Rogues takes what they want—but have they taken on too much?

For too long Miss Emily Parr has been subject to the whims of her indebted uncle and the lecherous advances of his repulsive business partner. Her plan to be done with dominating men forever is simple—find herself a kind husband who will leave her to her books. 

It seems an easy enough plan, until she is unexpectedly abducted by an incorrigible duke who hides a wounded spirit behind flashing green eyes.

Godric St. Laurent, Duke of Essex, spends countless nights at the club with his four best friends, and relishes the rakish reputation society has branded him with. He has no plans to marry anytime soon—if ever. But when he kidnaps an embezzler’s niece, the difficult debutante’s blend of sweetness and sharp tongue make him desperate for the one thing he swears he never wanted: love. 

Yet as they surrender to passion, danger lurks in Godric’s shadowed past, waiting for him to drop his guard—and rob him of the woman he can’t live without. 

Product Warnings:
This novel includes a lady who refuses to stay kidnapped, a devilish duke with a dark past, and an assortment of charming rogues who have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. (Goodreads)

Source: eARC through Samhain Publishing for review purposes. Thanks so much!

Emily Parr is abducted by five men of the Ton on her way to a ball at her friend Anne’s home.  She is immediately struck by a chemistry with one of the abductors, but she tries to escape several times, though of course she is outnumbered. Emily’s entire future is at stake here because she is indebted to her uncle, who took her in when her parents were lost at sea.  Her uncle, in turn, is using Emily as a piece of property to pay off his debts.  One of those debts is to Godric St. Laurent.

These five men, who are called The League of Rogues by…people, are great friends who have decided not to live by the standards society would have imposed upon them. Godric, the hero of the book, is quite the brooding hunk, deeply affected by Emily’s beauty, poise, and intelligence.  He doesn’t want to be, of course, because he has issues about his worthiness of deserving love.  Yes, he’s one of those.  It’s such great fun to watch those types fall in love.  Emily knows that she must not give into their attraction because Godric is not the type to marry for love and Emily’s future depends on marriage, like most women in this time period.

Emily was a lot of fun.  She was wicked smart and constantly outmanuevered the Rogues.  She’s one of those types of women who want to rescue themselves and I loved her for that.  But what lurks back at home is infinitely worse than losing her reputation.  Her uncle’s business partner, a disgusting, evil little toad, intends Emily for himself and he will go to any length to get her.  So Emily finds that her abductors are actually her saviors.

The men in the League of Rogues are so fun.  I loved their interactions, their honor, and the camraderie. They all had very distinct personalities and I am quite anxious to learn more about them.  This book is the beginning of what promises to be a fun, sexy series.


Lauren is going to be giving 6 copies away of Wicked Designs with this tour.

2 thoughts on “Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith (The League of Rogues #1) Blog Tour & Giveaway

  1. Alexa S. (@alexalovesbooks) February 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm Reply

    I’m seriously obsessed with The League of Rogues. Don’t get me wrong! I loved Emily, and I loved her romance with Godric. But I seriously loved the five men in the league, mostly because they’re such unique, interesting characters!

    • Daphne February 5, 2014 at 9:02 am Reply

      yeah, i’m excited to read more about the rogues

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